|From the Denton Record-Chronicle, "Yesterday's news, tomorrow."|
What bothers me is this rather sudden shift in what the media thinks is acceptable, and how society is swallowing it. We can't pretend that personal pronouns don't exist to distinguish gender. A journalist is supposed to lay out facts, and write articles that make things clear, not ambiguous or unnecessarily intriguing because no one will address what every reader is wondering. Why would the writer ignore the lipsticked elephant in the room and write an entire article about a MAN that ignores the fact that the picture provided begs for an explanation? The writer uses neutral terms and the victim's last name in all but one sentence, and that near the end of the article. And why run the photo at all, knowing it is a red herring? It is as if some switch was flipped with the Trans-Jenner story, and newspapers are rushing to show how fashion-forward they are in their treatment of what was once referred to as 'alternative lifestyles'.